Senior Balance Exercises Build The Foundation For Safe Fitness

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.combocci ball

     Unfortunately many older adults suffer from depression for a myriad of reasons, but starting senior balance exercises can initiate a path to increased activity and mood elevation. Please see Depression in aging individuals can be a result of decreased quality of life, loss of significant relationships, loneliness, medication, limited mobility, health issues and other factors. On the other hand, medical researchers have shown that depression symptoms often improve with exercise. When a senior citizen has anxiety or depression, exercise seems like the last activity they want to do. Once they get going, exercise has enormous benefits both physically, mentally and emotionally. Current research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of fitness can also help to minimize anxiety as well as enhance mood. As an example, working out increases cardiovascular output, muscle strength and neurochemical release, which can help you feel better overall and more relaxed in particular.  To be specific, exercise can reduce depression in certain ways including:
-Release feel-good brain chemicals such as endorphins
-Take your mind off worries  by distracting from the cycle of negative thoughts
-Increase social interaction by meeting new people or interacting with others during an exercise session
-Develop healthy coping strategies to manage anxiety and depression through exercise rather than possibly coping with depression through alcohol, worry, negative thoughts, or simply ignoring the issue
The first step in starting a fitness program to alleviate depression is to build confidence and stability through practicing senior balance exercises.

Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Fitness Programs

   Before embarking on a fitness program, it is wise to practice senior balance exercises to establish good stability with all movement patterns. Healthcare professionals like physical therapists, doctors and nurses suggest developing adequate steadiness with equilibrium routines before initiating a walking program, gym exercises, tennis, golf or other activities. Fitness routines that help to fight depression should involve getting your heart rate up. As an example, To elevate your cardiac output with a walking routine, it is recommended to begin with specific balance exercises that maximize your stability with walking on uneven surfaces like grass, hiking trails and uneven paths. One way to improve steadiness with walking is to rehearse tandem waling, where you walk along a line heel to toe. Walking in this narrow base fashion will enhance your balance skills needed to start a outdoor walking program to alleviate depression and anxiety. You can learn how to safely perform tandem walking and other senior balance exercises by following along with the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDPractice Balance Exercises At Home

    To combat depression and anxiety, begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The professionally filmed Exercise For Balance DVD is an exceptional educational tool to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to follow Exercise For Balance DVD comes filled  with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, steadiness techniques and balance routines from a balance instructor —licensed Physical Therapist— who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

 Don’t be blue another day. Instead, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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